It is important that children and young people are supported at key transition points in their education. This includes when a child starts at nursery or school, moves from one school to another and leaves school and moves into training or employment.
This transition support is particularly important for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who may find these changes difficult to manage.
Examples of additional support for children and young people with SEND may include:
- additional visits to the new class or school
- a ‘pupil passport’ or ‘all about me’ type profile to help new teachers to understand the child’s needs and how best to support them
- a ‘buddy support’ system being put in place in the first few weeks of school to support the child/young person through the transition
- providing a map, photograph or videos of the new school to help children familiarise themselves with the setting
- use of social stories and visual timetables to help prepare children and young people for new situations
Formal planning and preparing for transferring to a new educational setting will take place as part of the Annual Review process for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Children and young people receiving SEN support within the school should also have their individual support plan reviewed when transferring to a new setting.
To support a smooth and effective transition, information should also be shared by the child or young person’s current educational setting with the receiving educational setting. The current setting should agree with the young person and their parents which information will be shared as part of this planning process.
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